Forget A Bigger TV – A Bigger Bed Is What You Need!

Have you ever considered that you might sleep better in a bigger bed – more specifically all cosied up in the luxurious size of a super king size bed?

It’s safe to say that, as a nation, we are a pretty sleep deprived lot. In fact, among the most successful business people and thought leaders, the amount of sleep they get is fast becoming the performance factor that sorts out the managers from the CEOs.

size of a super king size bed - woman drinking coffee sitting on a bed in her pyjamas

Hearsay says that Microsoft’s Bill Gates makes sure he gets a full 7 hours sleep and actively prioritises it. Google has even installed white napping pods in its offices so that employees can take a 30-minute nap to refresh their mental faculties.

Even The Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington has written a book about the importance of sleep entitled “The Sleep Revolution”.

All of which is great if you have good sleep hygiene and perhaps even more importantly a comfortable sleeping environment and a good bed.

Sharing a bed with someone is a bit like Russian roulette.  Will you get a kicker, a flailer, a duvet hogger or, worst of all, snorer?

This is without taking into account the undeniable fact that, whilst we are getting larger in both height and weight, the UK’s current housing shortage has led to the construction of housing of shoe-box proportions springing up close to motorway junctions and swathes of brownfield land.

In fact, British homes have halved in size over the last 90 years, meaning more people are buying shorter length or narrower than standard beds for smaller bedrooms.

On average, new houses in Britain are only 92% of the government’s recommended size, making them the smallest in Europe! Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles described them as ‘rabbit hutch homes’, space is at such a premium. And as if to prove his point, children are forced to share a bedroom in a fifth of UK households.

A recent report by John Lewis revealed that in 2016 they have sold 53% more ‘small double beds’ compared to 2015. Small double beds are 15cm shorter than traditional double beds.

More of us would rather invest, it seems, in a huge new 4K HDTV than prioritise 8 hours of comfortable shut-eye.

All of which flies in the face of the fact that we actually need bigger beds for better sleep.

Online retailer Bed Guru understands that no two people share the same sleeping requirements and see it not just as a belief but an obligation to ensure that everybody gets a great night’s sleep!  They believe that it might be better to sacrifice some space so that we can increase the size of our bed.

The Husband and I have a super king size bed and whilst it fills the whole bedroom, more or less, there is just enough room for a couple of nightstands and a chair. This doesn’t bother us because of the joys of the extra bed space.

The size of a super king size bed is 6 ft x 6 ft 6″ (180 by 200 cm) as compared to the traditional double bed which is a meagre 4 ft 6″ x 6ft 3″ (135 x 190 cm) in comparison.

It made a huge difference to me when I was pregnant with Caitlin and Ieuan because there was room for me and my extensive range of maternity pillows! The size of a super king bed allows you to spread out in comfort without worrying about accidentally kicking your partner or elbowing them in the back whenever you turn around.

If your mattress is reaching the end of its life (and as we are advised that these need to be replaced every 8 years), now might be a good time to see if you can increase the size of your bed.

Benefits of super-sizing your bed

There are many reasons to consider whether the size of a super king size bed could be accommodated in your home.

Health Benefits

  • extra space for a taller or larger person
  • more space for those who toss and turn – hopefully, they won’t disturb their partner as much
  • room to stretch out in comfort or lie flat on your back – very useful if you are recovering from injury
  • a split mattress might help you to find a night spent with a snorer more bearable.

Family Benefits

  • a bigger social space for the whole family – kids can come in bed and snuggle
  • much more comfortable if you are pregnant
  • room to take in a poorly child or one who does not sleep well
  • extra room for that pooch who refuses point blank to sleep in his basket
  • you can read a broadsheet newspaper without elbowing your partner in the eye and there’s plenty of room for breakfast in bed!

Design Benefits

  • a super-kingsize bed can be a centrepiece in a room from a design point of view
  • more underbed storage – you might be able to trade in a wardrobe and store linen etc under the bed instead.

With a bit of thought and careful planning, you may find that a move from a double bed gives you a whole extra foot of space to yourself which may well improve your sleep and make sharing a bed with someone who tosses and turns more bearable.

And who knows, improving your sleep in a bigger bed may pay enormous dividends not only in your love life but in your career as well.

I won’t be going back to a double bed in a hurry. I definitely sleep better in a bigger bed!

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Ex marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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MissPond
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We have a king size bed and I don’t think we’d cope with anything smaller! I try and prioritise sleep, but could definitely do with napping pods at work!!

Mellissa Williams
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I have to admit Mr W is a bit of a snorer! I hate it when I go to hotels and have a small double these days. King size is certainly the way to go.

Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels
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I share my bed with Pickle – even though he is 5 he manages to take up 3/4 of the bed! I would love a king size one. Kaz

Nichola - Globalmouse
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I love the idea of having a bigger bed….I also like the idea of napping pods, I need one of those in my house!!

Clare
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Sleep is so important. We have a king size and even then I wish I had more room some nights.

Jenny
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We have a Super King Size too. I don’t care that it takes up so much room as I get such a good nights sleep.

Shahneela
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Sleep is most important towards a healthy life. Loving the idea of a bigger bed.

Angela Milnes
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I really love the idea of having a big bed especially for us and I always love to sleep in the comfy bed.

Sarah
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Sleep is SO important, I’ve recently realised I am really not having enough and it’s definitely affecting me. We do have quite a big bed though, for all the family to hop in!

WhatLauraLoves
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This summer I upgraded to a superking and I can’t see myself ever going back to a double!! I LOVE IT!! xxx